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On Their Own Making the Transition from School to Work in the Information Age by Stewart Crysdale, Alan J.C. King, Nancy Mandell

On Their Own Making the Transition from School to Work in the Information Age

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On Their Own Making the Transition from School to Work in the Information Age by Stewart Crysdale, Alan J.C. King, Nancy Mandell

Using a sample of 324 young adults in four urban centres who left high school in the mid-1980s as well as interviews with representative parents, former teachers, and employers, the authors identify factors that ease transition from school to. These include level of education, social class, gender, ethnicity, aspirations of parents, help from role models, participation in co-op education, and most important of all, self-motivation. The authors describe a range of youth profiles -- uncommitted, non-careerists, conservatives, and innovators -- that will help youth, parents, and educators identify present development and how to improve performance. Emphasizing the importance of co-operative education, the authors suggest that closer relations between school and work, such as exist in the United Kingdom and Sweden, facilitate transition into the labour market. On Their Own will guide parents, youth, educators, trustees, employers, and ministries of education and training to prepare a new generation of productive, resilient workers and managers for success in the information age.


On Their Own makes an important contribution to the fields of work and education. Policy makers, educators, and all those concerned with the equality of educational outcomes will benefit from reading this book. Its treatment of the case scenarios form an interesting and fascinating account of youth's experiences of the labour market. Youth will recognize themselves in these accounts. Charlene Gannage, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Windsor

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Publication date

25th March 1999


Stewart Crysdale, Alan J.C. King, Nancy Mandell

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McGill-Queen's University Press


222 pages


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